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April Fool´s Day and the Best Hoaxes

Today is the day where we get to have all the fun in the world, we get to do practical jokes on all our friends and members of our families. It´s a great day, and if you are lucky, nobody will get angry at you. I usually do hoaxes on my closest friends and colleagues, but unfortunately April fool´s day was on sunday this year, and I was not at work. And because of my kids running around and messing up my head, I didn´t think of a hoax this year.

But what I thought about was why we have April Fool´s day and how many countries do have this day (not the date, but a day where we can do all the hoaxes we want)? I searched Wikipedia and found what I was looking for. There seems to be a dispute on the origins of this custom, but according to Wikipedia “What seems certain is that it is in some way or other a relic of those once universal festivities held at the vernal equinox, which, beginning on old New Year’s Day, the 25th of March, ended on the 2nd of April.”

If you are looking for the best April Fool´s day hoaxes of all time, you can take a look at this site and find a list of what they believe to be the top 100 hoaxes. The best hoax is according to that site the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest; “In 1957 the respected BBC news show Panorama announced that thanks to a very mild winter and the virtual elimination of the dreaded spaghetti weevil, Swiss farmers were enjoying a bumper spaghetti crop.” Another very amusing one is The Taco Liberty Bell at number 4; “In 1996 the Taco Bell Corporation announced that it had bought the Liberty Bell from the federal government and was renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell.”

No practical jokes for me so far, but I still have a few hours left. I might just have to figure out something, I love practical jokes and this is the only day of the year where I am actually allowed to do them 🙂

4 responses to “April Fool´s Day and the Best Hoaxes”

  1. cctech says:

    Hi Jens,
    We had great success with subscribers once we made it a point to actually “ask” them to subscribe. One thing we did was to put a single line of text below each post that simply says “If you like what you have read, please consider subscribing” (or something like that). If the visitor clicks, they go to our subscribe page, which has the different options for them to choose. I think something might be better on your visitors. That is just my opinion :).

  2. kangax says:

    If only we could assume that everybody is using a feed reader, then “fly-in-ads” would not be a problem at all since only new visitors would see it : )

  3. Jens says:

    Thanks, I will test the link at the bottom of all posts, and see if that will work. I did test it a long time ago, and I got a few subscribers, but not close to as many as when I tried the “fly in ads”.

    I agree with you Kangax that there would be no problem if everybody used feed readers, but I don’t think that many are using them yet…. but sometime soon.

  4. Tim Linden says:

    Don’t use the fly in ad things. You only want people to subscribe if they actually want it, otherwise you’ll just get spam complaints and what not. If they are interested in what you are writing, they’ll see the text on the site asking if they want to subscribe.

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